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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Servlet Programming, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jason Hunter
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Cookbook approach annoying

People say all sorts of wonderful things about this book, and Iagree with most of them (well written, easy to follow etc).
I have one problem: The authors use other people's code to do things they should describe themselves.
For example: In their chapter on putting images in to servlets, the authors use some guy's GIF converter as part of their code (I realize that GIFs are a protected format, but the author's themselves say that they could have used JPEGs, which is what I think they should have done). I hate that kind of cookbook junk! If I wanted to go on to the web and download some idiot's class to stir in to a servlet, why would I buy a book on servlets? Of course, this is not the only example...
If you're the kind of person who likes the "Perl Cookbook", fine, this book is great; but if you're the kind of person who really wants to know the ins and outs of servlets, try to find some other book.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Mastering Windows 2000 Server
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Brian M. Smith, Doug Toombs, Mark Minasi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An excellent reference book

Mark Minasi's Mastering Windows 2000 Server is proving itself to be an invaluable resource -- a first-rate reference book that is informative, thorough, and most importantly, clear.
If you're looking for a theoretical and detailed technical discussion about concepts and technologies, this is NOT the book for you. You'd be better off reading some of Microsoft's relevant whitepapers, many of which are freely available to download from their website. But if you're looking for a comprehensive resource that tells you how to use or implement a specific technology or concept, you'll find none better than this masterpiece by Minasi.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
CGI-Bin Information Is Confusing ! ! !

Overall, I like the book, and I'm able to understand almost everything, except the CGI Bin Information. My web host supports CGI scripts, however, nomatter what I try or how I try, I still haven't been able to figure-out that part. Either I'm too stupid or that part of the book should be more clear.
It doesn't explain how to set the directories in the CGI-bin in order for it to work, she (Elizabeth), just shows you how her server directories look...
Ms. Castro, please, first show us how to set-up the cgi-bin directories. Otherwise, we don't know where to throw the scripts and what not.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David Flanagan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Must Have Reference, Especially for VB Programmers

In order to program the client/browser side of any WEB application one must understand both the brower object model and the JScript language. I'm more then 10 years out of C programming and the Java thing makes me yawn.
This book explains the browser object and JScript language in an extremely useful manner. The theory pages do not waste my time and do not insult my intellegence. The reference pages get to the point.
VB programmers with no C experience will find this book very accesable.